Interstate pursuit ends with deadly OIS in Columbus, GA

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GBI investigates police officers at gunfight in Columbus

June 09, 2021

Columbus, GA (June 9, 2021) – At around 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) ordered the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate an officer involved in a shooting was involved.

Preliminary information suggests that around 4:00 p.m., the Troup County Sheriff’s Office MPs saw a black BMW 545i traveling south on I-185 near mile marker 46 in a 70 mph speed zone. MPs tried to stop the vehicle but the driver did not stop and a vehicle chase was initiated. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Kevin Christopher Caldwell, 33 years old, of Sharpsburg, GA.

The chase continued south on I-185 into Harris County. During the chase, a deputy from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office allegedly used stopping sticks to disable the vehicle, but was unsuccessful. At one point, a GSP trooper and an officer from the Motor Carrier Compliance Division joined the chase. The pursuit continued on I-185 to Columbus, Muscogee County, GA, where Caldwell got off at Exit 6, Macon Road. After the exit, Caldwell collided with a blue Toyota Corolla at the base of the exit and then came to a halt in the eastbound lanes of Macon Road. Allegedly at the time, Caldwell was firing a pistol at officers and a GSP trooper returned fire and hit Caldwell several times. Caldwell was taken to a Columbus hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No officers were injured in the shooting. The driver of the Toyota Corolla involved in the collision was rushed to hospital with injuries.

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Upon completion, it will be handed over to the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

Anyone with information about this investigation can contact the GBI Region 2 Field Office at (706) 565-7888. Tips can also be submitted by telephone at 1 (800) 597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.